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Poster: He Live's Date: Jul 21, 2008 11:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: The Great Northwest (1973 - the drop)

the dead never played very much in the Pacific Northwest. of course, one of their greatest shows took place in Veneta OR in 1972.... but they never spent a lot of time there. however, they made it up to the great Northwest nearly every year from 1966 on, and with so many shows taking place in San Francisco and New York and the many points in between, the two or three nights of gigs they did in the Northwest every year stand as SPECIAL EVENTS, by virtue of their rarity alone.

1966:
1/1 Beaver Hall, Portland OR

1967:
7/13 PNE Agradome, Vancouver BC
7/16 Golden Garden's Beach, Seattle WA
7/18 Masonic Temple, Portland OR
9/8 - 9/9 Eagle's Auditorium, Seattle WA
9/9 Volunteer Park, Seattle WA

1968:
1/22, 26,27 Eagle's Auditorium, Seattle WA
1/29 Portland State College OR
1/30 Uni of Oregon, Eugene OR
2/2- 2/3 Crystal Ballroom, Portland OR
2/3 South Oregon College, Ashland, OR
11/17 Eagle's Auditorium, Seattle WA

1969:
5/30 Springer's Inn, Portland OR
5/31 McArthur Court, Uni of OR, Eugene

1970:
1/16 Springer's Inn, Portland OR
1/17 Oregon State Uni, Corvallis OR
1/18 Springer's Inn, Portland OR

1971:
1/22 Lane Community College, Eugene OR

1972:
7/21 - 7/22 Paramount NW Theatre, Seattle WA
7/25 - 7/26 Paramount Theatre, Portland OR
8/27 Old Renaissance Faire Grounds, Veneta OR

1973:
6/22 PNE Coliseum, Vancouver BC
6/24 Portland Memorial Coliseum, OR
6/26 Seattle Center Coliseum, WA

1974:
5/17 PNE Coliseum, Vancouver BC
5/19 Portland Memorial Coliseum, OR
5/21 Edmunson Pvailion, Seattle WA

1976:
6/3 - 6/4 Paramount Theatre, Portland OR

1977:
9/28 - 9/29 Paramount Theatre, Seattle WA
10/1 - 10/2 Paramount Theatre, Portland OR

1978:
6/25 Autzen Stadium, Uni of OR, Eugene

1979:
6/30 Portland Int'l Speedway, OR
7/1 Seattle Center Coliseum, WA

............and i am not doing anymore homework, you get the idea......


WELL.... ANYHOOO....... i am (randomly i suppose) focusing on the '73 NW RUN of June that year...... and what can i say, i am just a gullible boy from the suburbs moved to the BIG SHITTY... and i love me a Bertha opener! .... even on a warbly AUD, this song just BEGS you to have a good time... i remember in 11th grade going over to my friend's dad's place where he he was staying for the summer -- there was a half-broke, primer grey mustang up on blocks next to the house.... we smoked a bunch of pot and set up our instruments... then we just watched a Dennis Miller HBO special and absolutely peed our pants for about an hour. then we played our mean rendition of "Comfortably Numb" and a Derek & the Dominos song we could do pretty well for about an hour.... and then it was time to go home -- those were the days!

well, my friends, step it up to one of the fine MATRICES or SBDs for the BIRD SONG -- this is serious shit -- yeah, the Dennis Miller references are rendered even more meaningless..... i mean, it's been said before, but are you just fucki*' kidding me with this set? bird song, china>rider, and a mean playin all in the 1st SET -- STOP IT!

PNE COLISEUM, VANCOUVER British Columbia, June 22, 1973:

Set 1

Bertha 
Beat It On Down The Line 
Deal 
Mexicali Blues 
Box Of Rain 
Bird Song 
The Race Is On 
Sugaree 
Looks Like Rain 
Row Jimmy 
Jack Straw 
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider 
Big River 
Tennessee Jed 
Playing In The Band 

Set 2

Here Comes Sunshine 
The Promised Land 
Brown Eyed Women 
El Paso 
Black Peter 
Greatest Story Ever Told 
Big Railroad Blues 
He's Gone ->
Truckin' ->
Nobody's Fault But Mine Jam ->
Bass Solo ->
Jam ->
The Other One ->
Wharf Rat ->
Sugar Magnolia 
Casey Jones 

Encore
Johnny B. Goode

(this show makes that Billy Joel at Shea set look like a warm up for the Doobies. after the MONSTER SET 1, they come back storming with a swell HCS and a TRUCKIN' for the Golden Ages.....)


funny they would play the show in BC, then go back down to Portland for the show on the 24th, then back up to Seattle on the 26th. by '73 standards the setlist for the Portland show is short... wonder what happened? are we missing bits, or is it just A KILLER? there is only the one version that circulates.... the 1/2 step sounds like THE opener... but it kind of sneaks up on ol' jer.... IT is AGAIN the beauty of this whole experience, how we get to hear each nuance from every tour, year and version as we listen in as our heroes alternately struggle and shine -- that's why we love 'em! they's human just like us all. and true to form, JERRY plows on, a TRUE WORKINGMAN, unphased by a minor bump here or there.... through this HISSY RECORDING we can hear as he tries as ALWAYS to right the ship.... "he was made of styrofoam, and no one's got the time...." BOYOHBOY! this one is SCREAMING FOR A CLEANUP -- they are really SWELL IN TUNE, and swaying indeed, across that lazy river....


PhotobucketPORTLAND MEMORIAL COLISEUM, June 24, 1973:



Set 1:
Mississippi Half-Step
You Ain't Woman Enough
El Paso
Stella Blue
Greatest Story Ever Told
Bertha
Row Jimmy
Beat It On Down The Line
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Around And Around
Set 2:
Dark Star
Eyes Of The World
China Doll
Sugar Magnolia
One More Saturday Night
Not Fade Away
Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad
Not Fade Away
Encore:
Johnny B. Goode

by the time CHINA CAT rolls around, they are really just chomping at the bit, and while this is not by any means an All-timer, it is a right uplifting version, with some extra sauce from Philly and Billy, did i say CHARLIE MILLER WHERE ARE YOU? this is a bit of a diamond in the ruffa..... REMARKABLY, the recording improves substantially for DARK STAR. we are lucky, now aren't we....... this version includes some absolutely WICKED INTERPLAY between Bob Jerry and Phil... initiated by bobby at about 6:40... he introduces the theme, and Phil is right on it, like this is a jam they had talked about before.... it is an amazing ride from that point, as billy and jerry come on board, man, they really hit on something and let it fly...... they continue the conversation, jerry says something provocative at 8:35, and BOBBY is RIGHT THERE, picking up his LICK IMMEDIATELY! they are VERY IN TUNE....... if you haven't heard this jam, do yourself the favor.......they cover the verse, and then melt...........

as Eyes starts, jerry REALLY HITS on the tempo, just perfect -- this is right where i want it, UP, but not manic -- jerry's guitar has that LIGHT AS A FEATHER TONE, he sends out wispy summery shimmers -- crystal clear. and they sound so happily in tune, like they are playing some very HAPPY INSTRUMENTS and singing feathery light harmonies -- I LOVE IT! our senor garcia digs in on some little connecting phrases between the verses, very clean, very blue grass -- "wake now discover, that you are the song that the morning brings....." amazing to hear a band play where they are all SO EQUAL, amazing to hear a drummer and bassist so equally complimentary to the lead voice -- this is the most gorgeous lead-in to the "drop down" jam they played at the end of eyes.... as the last verse fades around 7:30, jer sets the tone, and they drop at 8:00 into the heavy "slipknot-esque" jam we all love.......

ANSWER: IT IS AN ABSOLUTE KILLER.

PhotobucketSEATTLE CENTER ARENA, June 26, 1973:

ah, the fresh air of the big northwest did the boys well, and they play ANOTHER fine blowout, drip dead show in seattle, the last stop of the mini excursion up north.... the first set is BIG, with excellent versions of Deal, Mexicali, China>Rider and a Swellll playin to close it.... but really you could have missed the first set and not felt let down by just having the second. a REALLLLy well played set is offered, with a great TWO PUNCH opener, Black Peter and perhaps my favorite Here Comes Sunshine, wellll, ok, they were rippin them all this summer, (i am undecided -- the one from the 22nd is mighty fine too) -- all BEFORE the big jam:

Set 1

Casey Jones ->
Greatest Story Ever Told 
Brown Eyed Women 
Jack Straw 
Box Of Rain 
Deal 
Mexicali Blues 
You Ain't Woman Enough 
Row Jimmy 
The Race Is On 
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider 
Beat It On Down The Line 
Loser 
Playing In The Band 

Set 2

Bertha ->
The Promised Land 
They Love Each Other 
El Paso 
Black Peter 
Big River 
Here Comes Sunshine 
Me And My Uncle 
He's Gone ->
Truckin' ->
Drums ->
The Other One ->
Me And Bobby McGee ->
The Other One ->
Sugar Magnolia 

Encore
Johnny B. Goode


where did they get the idea that they would change gears in the midst of a thick and heavy psychedelic romp and go into a bobby cowboy number? just their nature i guess....... and where as El Paso has a weird charm, i actually kind of prefer this drop into Bobby Mcgee, which i believe they did a few other times... but this version is particularly satisfying and organic sounding.... after the thick He's Gone>Truckin' they struggle to get deep, so a little diversion was in order -- VERY NICE..... but not too nice, it is a strange turn back to the other one, especially as they come in dripping thick with spacey intentions -- keith leads the way by default, blazing a jazzy trail on electric piano.... phil feels around for his own space, keith blankets the air with warm tones, they settle into a trio -- bobby and jer disappear -- keith adds some nice echoey effects....... volleys are launched from all sides at about 3:30 of the Other One reprise, jerry leads the way to deeper space...... but they can never quite catch the same supersonic drift and delve deeper into darkness. finally, after 20 minutes, they come bubbling back up to the surface.... something to feel good about, "sweet blossom come on, under the willow........"

"..... she's got everything i need......."

they stop at 6:00 on the nose and then, a little daydream, sons & daughters...... "come on and daydream......"

This post was modified by He Live's on 2008-07-22 06:29:25

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Poster: wineland Date: Jul 22, 2008 9:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Great Northwest (1973 - the drop)

The Great Northwest indeed. Being an Oregonian I treasure these NW shows. One more to add to the list, 1.22.78 with the famed Close Encounters Jam.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1978-01-22.mtx.chappell.sb4.28846.flac16

For some interesting Oregon pictures of early to mid-GD & JGB go to:
http://home.earthlink.net/~deadtraders/
At the bottom of the page click on Archives: Stories & Images. The Eugene Register Guard link under Veneta 82 has an interesting article about the 10th anniversary show.

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jul 22, 2008 7:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Great Northwest (1973 - the drop)

outstanding!!! thanks a lot -- that site rocks -- that is an instant book mark -- there is plenty of good reading and photos there.... wow!


i started off getting into those three shows from 73, but then looking at all the dates they played up there, a lot of 'em i knew a lot not, it made me want to check out them all -- so maybe there will be a future NW post employing some of the info and ephemera from that site -- thanks..........

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jul 22, 2008 8:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Great Northwest (1973 - the drop)

not 100% sure, but i believe "ephemera" is a no-go word on this forum; give me twenty

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Poster: secret8476 Date: Jul 22, 2008 10:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Great Northwest (1973 - the drop)

I wish i could find some more info about those July shows in '67. Deadlists has no official set lists for these nights, but im bettin' they were some hot shows.

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jul 22, 2008 11:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Great Northwest (1973 - the drop)

yeah my bad, i should just do what i normally do in the course of everyday life, refer to things as "shit", "junk", "crap" and of course the ever faithful, "stuff"......

who am i kidding with "ephemera"?.... it almost sounds like "effeminate" anyways.... and i sure don't want anyone thinking I'm a pantywaist!







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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jul 22, 2008 12:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 6/24/73

The version of 6/24/73 here on the Archive is the old, incomplete version. The complete show surfaced a few months ago:

> Listening to 6/24/73. First couple of songs are technically
> completely ruined, but by song 3 or 4, it sounds pretty good.
> Here is the setlist:
>
> Set 1:
> Promised Land
> Loser
> Mexicali Blues
> They Love Each Other
> Looks Like Rain
> Box of Rain
> Big Railroad Blues
> Jack Straw
> Sugaree
> The Race Is On
> Row Jimmy
> Beat It On Down The Line
> China Cat Sunflower >
> //I Know You Rider
> Around and Around
>
> Set 2:
> Half Step Mississippi Uptown Toodeloo
> You Ain't Woman Enough
> El Paso
> Stella Blue
> Greatest Story Ever Told >
> Bertha
> Big River
> Dark Star >
> Eyes Of The World >
> China Doll
> Sugar Magnolia
> One More Saturday Night

What we had were the highlights, so I was actually disappointed by the full show....no Bird Song, no Sunshine, no Playing, not even a NFA, and as you said not one of the great China>Riders, so it's kind of like a long first-set until Dark Star. But it's bound to show up on the Archive sometime.

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jul 22, 2008 8:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6/24/73

thanks for clarifying that..... regardless of it all, it is worth it for the amazing DARK STAR>EYES OF THE WORLD sequence.....

(so wait, what happened, there was not NFA?)

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Poster: My Brother Esau Date: Jul 22, 2008 10:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Great Northwest (1973 - the drop)

Here's a "great" pic from an ad for the 05-30-69 show.

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Poster: secret8476 Date: Jul 22, 2008 10:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Great Northwest (1973 - the drop)

LoL no way - is that real?
I mean - I question the validity based on the spelling error. Unless they really called themselves the Greatful Dead for a period of time or the promoter got it wrong=P

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Poster: snore Date: Jul 22, 2008 6:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Great Northwest (1973 - the drop)

What a great picture ! That's going to be my backdrop for a long time. Thanks, He Live's.